I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
I've been dealing with various levels of depression for most of my years. Over those years, I'd find temporary relief through various activities (books, music, art, etc.), but sooner or later you get to a place where you know temporary just isn't good enough as the situation continues to get worse. But where do you turn when modern medicine would rather dope you up than to help you cope?
This audiobook is quite possibly the means through which I can not only save my life, but to actually enrich it on a level I once thought was denied to me. Dr. Gordon approaches this entire situation through the lens of someone who has gone through it himself and has helped thousands of others through it all over the world, in many walks of life. He explains that most doctors write those prescriptions because they're scared to deal with what the patient is dealing with. But most importantly, he makes you realize as you begin this journey... you're not alone, which is invaluable in the quest to overcome.
Dr. Gordon explains depression in plain, non-judgmental language, and he goes through each level of it as someone might guide a person down a dark road with a lantern. There are a number of causes of depression, which he walks through, and there are a number of means for helping to push through and past it. As I listened, I found many of these ideas resonating with me, including concepts I found to be previously repugnant. If you're open to the material, this is an excellent starting point to opening up a new world.
As with any book of this kind, the trick is to actually apply what is learned, and for that reason I'm not only doing that, but I intend to revisit this book every so often so as to reinforce the foundations. I'd recommend the same of anyone one going through this, and I'd recommend those in your immediate circle do so as well. If nothing else, it's another tool in the tool belt to work with.
Essentially, this is a lecture series recorded live in front of a group, covering the basic ideas of Buddhism. At my current level, I can only imagine what the well-versed would get out of this. I've only recently really started expanding my understanding of Buddhism as part of my continuing education on the religions of the world, and I found this easy to grasp but still difficult to fully appreciate. I think that's more the nature of the teachings, however, that understanding will unfold in time with practice and repeat exposure. I found the expansion of the ideas presented to be of immense value. To my mind, this might be as easy as it gets, if one can truly say such a thing of this system.
I've encountered Buddhist philosophy at many points over my life, and I've always found it beautiful. But for some reason, I've never actually turned my attention to its foundations. Or if I have, nothing stuck with me for whatever reason. At any rate, I decided I needed a refresher course on what makes this system tick. There are many choices on Audible to choose from in this regard, and I'm glad I picked this one.
This is a live recording, so there are a few coughing distractions here and there from the otherwise attentive audience, but nothing that would make you lose focus. Jack Kornfield is an amazing ambassador to this faith, engaging his listener with all of the compassion and mercy you'd expect, but also with humor. The result is an experience that transcends what you'd get out of a book.